Business Operations

CEO Notebook  

  • Leadership
  • | Technology

Prompted To Lead 5 min read

Honing our use of generative AI was just one of many takeaways from this year’s NBOA Leadership Academy gathering in Nashville.
phishing alert
  • Cybersecurity
  • | Enrollment
  • | Tuition

Sophisticated New Tuition Phishing Scams: What Schools Need to Know 3 min read

Tuition phishing scams pose a growing threat to independent schools and parents.
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Other Duties As Assigned  

  • Leadership
  • | Summer Camp

Build That Bridge 5 min read

It's up to the business officer to earn trust with faculty. Teaching is one way to do it.
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Strategies  

  • Change Management
  • | Technology

Transitioning to a Cloud-Based Student Information System 4 min read This item is protected.

Data utilization and information management improved significantly thanks to marketing and technology leaders’ collaboration.
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Business Intelligence  

  • Budget
  • | Extended Day
  • | Summer Camp

Financial Trends in Auxiliary Programs 3 min read This item is protected.

Auxiliary programs brought in higher revenues late pandemic (2021–22) than they did pre-pandemic, and with lower expenses.
Westtown School
  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security
  • | Technology

Don’t Look Back 11 min read This item is protected.

Smart security cameras can help schools shift from reactive to proactive responses, but are independent schools tapping their high-tech capabilities?
Artificial intelligence

Feature  

  • Accounting
  • | Audit
  • | Legal
  • | Technology

DIY AI: Business Applications (Part 2) 13 min read This item is protected.

AI has never been more accessible, and it will impact every corner of the independent school business office.
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  • Culture
  • | Technology

Data Tracking That Advances School Culture 6 min read

Faculty and staff who are empowered to leverage data can tailor interventions and foster a more supportive and inclusive learning environment.
Artificial intelligence

Feature  

  • Change Management
  • | Leadership
  • | Technology

DIY AI: Key Considerations (Part 1) 13 min read This item is protected.

AI has never been more accessible, and it will impact every corner of the independent school business office.

Projections  

  • Enrollment
  • | Technology

Leaning Into Online Learning 6 min read

Digital education can support the independent school business model in two primary ways.
Unsung Hero Laura Miyoshi
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities
  • | Membership

Unsung Hero: Laura Miyoshi, Sandy Spring Friends School 2 min read

With an eye for detail and functionality, Miyoshi has helped ensure a greener future at Sandy Spring Friends School.
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  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities
  • | Maintenance

Transforming a Campus with WELL Certification: A Case Study 4 min read

By meeting rigorous standards for air quality, water purity, lighting and acoustics, Sandy Spring Friends School created a building that fosters both physical and mental well-being.
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Projections  

  • Cybersecurity
  • | Risk Management

A Clear and Ever-Present Danger 6 min read

Cybersecurity is no longer new to independent schools, but as the threats continue to rise, it’s never been more important that your school’s practices are up to date.

Feature  

  • Crisis Management
  • | Facilities
  • | Safety and Security

Safe Bets 15 min read This item is protected.

When it comes to school safety technology, what actually works? And what is worth the investment?
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Other Duties As Assigned  

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Leadership

Planting the Seeds 5 min read

Land stewardship for this business officer includes learning from campus beavers, who have improved water quality and retention.
Jeff Shields, Chad Stacy, Spencer Taintor, Rose Neubert

Voices from the Field  

  • Facilities
  • | Leadership
  • | Research

Change Makers 12 min read

What change is worth the effort? And how to make it happen? Leaders at schools that received this year’s Jeffrey Shields Innovation in School Business Operations engage each other in their answers.
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Strategies  

  • Budget
  • | Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities

Creating a Clean Energy Consortium 7 min read This item is protected.

Seven independent schools and an arts education center came together to create a hydroelectric power consortium. Annual savings per school are in the tens of thousands.
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Projections  

  • Budget
  • | Facilities

Firm Foundations Against Inflation 7 min read

School leaders are finding constructive ways to pursue capital projects despite higher materials costs, supply chain disruptions and rising interest rates.
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  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Technology

Tech-Enabled DEI Solutions 3 min read

Independent schools can operationalize their DEI goals using technology.
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Feature  

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Facilities

The Business Case for DEI: Accessible, Affordable Facilities 13 min read This item is protected.

Investing in accessible facilities goes beyond compliance for most schools — and can have unexpected dividends.

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